Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has celebrated APC’s national leader Bola Tinubu as he turns 69 today. The VP spoke at the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium held in Kano State on Monday.
Osinbajo noted that Tinubu’s leadership style involved comfortably engaging across ethnic, religious divides. He said the APC leader was never afraid of having his ideas scrutinized or criticized by subordinates. He noted that the politician believes that economic, social, political development depends on enabling a contest of ideas.
“Whether that is within a political party or its caucuses, a cabinet meeting or even just thinking through a problem. “By exposing his thoughts and ideas constantly to debate and contestation, he refined his views constantly and is at the cutting edge of issues as varied as artificial intelligence, vaccines, to even what sort of legal processes or arguments should be filed in a matter in court!
“I remember once when he was suggesting to me that he thought it was better that we should contest jurisdiction in a particular case and so many other times when he had introduced his own legal thoughts to a matter. “I have had to keep reminding him that he is not a lawyer! And I am sure others have had to remind him several times that he is not many different things.
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“Second, and perhaps more importantly, because he is not afraid of having his ideas scrutinized, criticized by even subordinates, he is able to lead a vast array of persons of strong, deeply held convictions, and a variety of ideologies. “The third in that leadership style is that he is completely comfortable engaging across ethnic, religious, and partisan divides.”
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